GE to open offshore wind turbine factory in China

GE’s renewable energy division has confirmed plans to open a factory in China that will build its 12MW Haliade-X wind turbine – the world’s most powerful offshore turbine.

The manufacturing plant will be located in Jieyang’s offshore wind cluster in the province of Guangdong and will serve regional projects, while the Saint-Nazaire assembly site in France will continue to serve all other international projects.

GE will also build a new operation and development centre in the city of Guangzhou. The facility will carry out research and development activities focused on regional needs.

Construction of the site in Guangdong is expected to start at the end of this year and be completed in 2021, with assembly production beginning in the second half of 2021.

“China is poised to become one of the largest offshore wind markets in the world, and according to Guangdong’s offshore development master plan, 66GW will come from the Guangdong region alone towards 2030,” said GE Renewable Energy offshore wind business chief executive John Lavelle.

“Our new factory in Jieyang and the operation and development centre in Guangzhou will put us in a better position to meet our customer’s demands in this fast-growing industry, while contributing to meet China’s growing offshore wind ambitions.”